Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  IDENTITY

Civil-rights pioneer Height dies
2010-05-01

This article shared 3887 times since Sat May 1, 2010
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email


Civil-rights pioneer Dorothy Height, who was particularly active during the 1960s, died April 20, according to CNN.com . She was 98.

Height was the chair and president emerita of the National Council of Negro Women, and worked during the '60s with other civil-rights leaders, including the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

President Barack Obama called Height a hero and the "godmother" of the movement, stating that she "served as the only woman at the highest level of the civil rights movement—witnessing every march and milestone along the way."

Height was born in Richmond, Va., and grew up in Pennsylvania. Her work in civil rights began in the 1930s, when she crusaded to stop lynchings and segregation. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1994 and the Congressional Gold Medal 10 years later.

Gay-rights advocates praised Height and mourned her passing. Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force, said, "we deeply mourn the loss of Dorothy Height, who staunchly stood for the civil rights of all people. Dr. Height was a hero to many by devoting her life to those struggling for equality. We are in awe of her crusade for racial justice and gender equality that spanned more than six decades. ... To have met her was an honor. To speak with her, a joy. And, to have been inspired by her, a gift."

Black AIDS Institute President/CEO Phill Wilson issued a statement saying, in part, "Dr. Height's lifelong commitment to not only civil rights, but also to human rights as they relate to women, the poor, people with HIV/AIDS and other vulnerable populations goes unsurpassed. She was a tremendous humanitarian who, even in the early days, was quick to understand why Black Americans must embrace the fight against HIV/AIDS. We will sorely miss her dignity and leadership." ( See the op-ed by the Rev. Irene Monroe at www.windycitymediagroup.com/gay/lesbian/news/ARTICLE.php. )


This article shared 3887 times since Sat May 1, 2010
facebook twitter google +1 reddit email





Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below.
Please do not post letters to the editor here. Please also be civil in your dialogue.
If you need to be mean, just know that the longer you stay on this page, the more you help us.



Copyright © 2021 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 

 

 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 



Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots      OUT! Guide     
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam      Outguide Categories      Outguide Advertisers      Search Outguide      Travel      Dining Out      Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.